One thing we’ve already learned about the
We learned this in the off-season when
Uribe is the most popular Dodger inside the clubhouse and one of its most liked outside it. It has partially to do with his clutch production the past two seasons, with his outsized personality on a team mostly devoid of such things, and maybe a little with that roundish frame.
No matter, it is not wise to fall in love with any one player on the Dodgers these days. The new front office regime has been anything but shy about moving players. They come and go almost like on a fantasy team. Some come and go before ever actually putting on a uniform.
Uribe had been a major disappointment for the Dodgers in his first two seasons after signing a three-year, $21-million deal in 2011. But then he came back with a strong 2013 season and earned himself another two-year deal. Last season he hit .311 and played a
This year he started slowly and the Dodgers seemed to give up on him in a hurry. Hey, he’s 36 and his best years are clearly behind him. Plus,
But he’s still a valuable player to have around, is still the Dodgers' best defensive third baseman and he’s not hitting terribly at .247, albeit with no power thus far. But he’s been loyal, never complained when he lost his job to journeyman minor leaguer
That loyalty was hardly returned when the Dodgers tried to deal him to the Braves. The front office knew Callapso could veto the deal, a right granted to the recently signed free agent, but tried to swing it anyway.
You probably should not worry too much about how Uribe will handle all this. If there is a temperament in that clubhouse who can shrug it off and best keep going, it is Uribe. And, of course, a deal being dead now is not the same as it being dead in the next 10 minutes. The Braves clearly have interest in Uribe, so another proposal could spring forth. And Callapso loses his veto power on June 15, so the deal could yet come about.
The Dodgers' willingness to move Uribe says several things: 1) They must really believe in Turner and Guerrero, so I guess Turner's knees are not so bad after all; 2) They're certain Cuban infielder Hector Olivera can be a major factor this season (guess signing him to a $62.5-milion deal at age 30 while battling a sore elbow was a hint); and 3) all players are disposable.